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Asbestos warning signAsbestos is a naturally occurring mineral composed of fibres. The properties within those fibres make it ideal for manufacturing. The strength of the fibres is particularly appealing to manufacturing companies along with its resistant to heat, fire and water and its ability to sustain harsh environmental conditions without easy deterioration. Our legal professionals are currently representing clients who have been harmed by the long term exposure of asbestos and secondary asbestos fibres. Many with long term exposure to asbestos have reported related diseases as a result of inhaling the fibres. In addition, reports show that family members who are exposed to asbestos as a result of indirect contact also run the risk of asbestos related illnesses even though they did not directly work or handle asbestos.

What is Secondary Exposure?

Secondary exposure occurs from indirect contact with asbestos fibres. Therefore, many people can be at risk of asbestos related illnesses, without ever working with or handling asbestos. It is important to note that just because exposure is indirect, it does not mean that it is any less dangerous than first hand exposure.

A common scenario that leads to secondary exposure is when a family member worked with the hazardous materials and carried the fibres on their clothing, skin and hair, into their family home. Family members would then become exposed to asbestos from inhaling the fibres attached to an individual.

Common Forms of Secondary Exposure


The physical make up of asbestos fibres enables them to easily attach to clothing. Therefore, anyone who handled clothing, for example by washing it, would likely experience secondary exposure.


Similar to clothing, asbestos fibres can attach to furniture. For instance, if an individual sat on their couch, or slept in their bed before removing their clothing, those who came into contact with the furniture would experience secondary exposure.


Direct Contact

Direct contact with a person who was carrying asbestos on their clothing would also lead to exposure. For example, those who hugged an individual who carried the fibres on their clothing, skin or hair could be subjected to negative health effects.

Who is at Risk?

Any individual who regularly came into contact with someone who worked with asbestos can be at risk for secondary exposure. Most often it is the family members or spouse of a person who was directly exposed to the fibres. Occupations that created a risk of exposure to asbestos were typically male dominated. Therefore, secondary exposure most often affects women and children who inhaled the fibres in their family home.

Health Concerns from Secondary Exposure

Secondary exposure can lead to the same adverse health effects as direct exposure. There are well documented secondary exposure cases, of individuals contracting Mesothelioma, which is the most deadly side effect of asbestos. In addition, secondary exposure can lead to lung cancer, gastrointestinal cancer and a multitude of severe lung abnormalities.

What Can You Do?

Similar to individuals who experienced direct exposure, those who suffer from secondary exposure to asbestos may be entitled to compensation. The legal professionals at Will Davidson LLP are looking to represent those affected by secondary exposure.

Speak to a Personal Injury Lawyer in the GTA

If you or a loved one has suffered any of the mentioned illnesses as a result of long term exposure to Asbestos or Secondary Asbestos, contact  a Personal Injury lawyer with Will Davidson LLP at any of our locations.  We offer a free consultation and a no-fee guarantee!

Call and speak to one of our personal injury lawyers today 1.800.661.7606.


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